General eye exams are important because many eye problems can present initially without any symptoms. Getting a full, thorough examination once per year is important to determine how well you are currently seeing and assess whether any additional interventions could possibly help you.
A general eye exam usually includes an assessment of visual acuity, a refraction to determine an appropriate glasses or contact lens prescription if necessary, eye muscle motility and visual field evaluation, measurement of the intraocular pressure, and an assessment of all parts of the eye including eyelids, conjunctiva, cornea, anterior chamber, iris, lens, vitreous and retina. A yearly general eye exam should include dilation--instillation of certain eye drops to enlarge the pupil and allow the doctor to examine the retina and the optic nerve.
Optometrists are great for assessing vision and evaluating glasses and contact lenses. However, when it comes to evaluating the anatomy and physiology of the eye, you should be seen my an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor with a medical degree). The specialists at Mid-Peninsula Ophthalmology take the time to make sure you are seeing your best by assessing your vision, ensuring your current glasses or contact lenses are optimal, and examining all parts of the eye to make sure you continue to see your best.
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